Books & Music to Nourish the Soul

The Art of Baking With Natural Yeast by Caleb Warnock & Melissa Richardson

Backyard Winter Gardening by Caleb Warnock

Change Anything by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan & Switzler

If you want to have a course in how to “engineer” your own success, I suggest this new book from the Vital Smarts people. It is straightforward and easy to implement.

Crucial Conversations by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan & Switzler

The ideas and clarity in this book have helped me many times in getting my own head in the right place before engaging in difficult conversations…oh, and in the family business, there are going to be challenging conversations right?!

Diet Rebels Cookbook by Clements & Stewart

I love this practical application of the principles of a whole, real food diet. Great forward about clean eating and why.  For special occasions you cannot beat these ladies’ dessert ideas!  My family is crazy about their ice cream. ; )

The E-Myth by Michael E. Gerber

I LOVE Michael Gerber’s books! I believe that they can be applied to the career of homemaking as well as any other entrepreneurial pursuit.  I listened and read along at the same time and was mesmerized.  See what you think!

Feeding the Hungry Heart by Geneen Roth

Exceptional thoughts by an exceptional teacher.

First Things First by Stephen R. Covey

Priorities, priorities, priorities…thank you Steven Covey for helping the world to clarify what we want most. We miss you.

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Gary Chapman gives us a new look at ourselves and the ways that we each feel loved.  You will gain a new vocabulary and gain the tools to tell your spouse what makes you tick. And in turn, you’ll find out how to speak your mate’s love language fluently!

The Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency Used by the Mormon Pioneers by Caleb Warnock

French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon

Here’s permission to be in charge of your family’s food! (Truly your children need guidance when it comes to developing a taste for healthful foods!) Delightful, easy reading, full of great ideas and sound reasoning.

French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano

I love the balance taught in this book between eating for pleasure and eating for nourishment.  Guiliano teaches and inspires in a personal story-form about enjoying life and eating well too.

Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell-McBride

This is a very thorough work that teaches about intestinal health and introduces a therapeutic diet for extreme problems. I really appreciate the thoughtful guidance given on vaccinations, pre and post pregnancy nutrition and much more.

He Restoreth My Soul by Donald L. Hilton Jr. M.D.

I’m thinking that we could all use a little trip through a 12-step program!  This is a clear, kind, powerful book on overcoming addictions or being a support to those who may be struggling to climb out of dark places.

I Don’t Have to Make Everything All Better by Gary & Joy Lundberg

Simple, straight-forward, helpfully repetitive work.  I think that anyone in a caregiving position would benefit from digesting this book!  Thank you Lundberg’s!!!

Love, Medicine and MIracles by Bernie Siegel, M.D.

I love Bernie Siegel. This book is a delightful lift for anyone in a healing process….is that all of us?

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray, Ph.D.

My husband and I listened to this book many years ago and laughed at ourselves.  😉  Much to learn from this perspective that is helpful and encouraging.

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

Back to basic cooking and eating.  I learned to make bone broths and other traditional, nourishing foods from Sally Fallon.

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price

500+ pages of research and discovery first printed in 1939 chonicalling Dr. Price’s visits around the world. He and his wife looked closely at the health differences between those who were eating their indigenous diets and those that were adopting a more “progressive” modern diet of processed, fractured foods. Even the pictures are compelling. Leaves me feeling that we have made things far more complicated than they need to be. Whole and real, prepared with traditional methods oughta do it!

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

“Do not hold mental pictures of difficulties and failures, but lift your mind above them and visualize powers and achievements.  When you elevate your thoughts into the area of visualized attainment you look down on your problems rather than from below up at them.  Always come up over your problems.  Never approach a problem from below.”

Real Love in Parenting by Dr. Greg Baer

Parenting with correct principles of unconditional love! Not permissive parenting, (if that is the idea the word unconditional brings to your mind) but the straight forward, real deal. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

Real Love by Dr. Greg Baer

This is the basic book on Real Love. It is packed with wisdom and know-how and I wish every family in the world had it to live by. There are many other Real Love texts, find them on

Scriptural Texts by Prophets and Apostles

Course corrections, penitence, humility and testimony.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Find balance, gain perspective, detect your mission, and learn principles to help you begin with the end in mind!

Word of Wisdom by John A. Widtsoe

Moderation is built in boundaries!  Clean, whole, grains, fruits and vegetables, very little meat staying free of addictive substances.  A great discourse on “in the season thereof, all wholesome herbs, meat sparingly and eating with prudence and thanksgiving.”

You Can’t Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought by John Roger & Peter McWilliams

When I was a young mother my Granny gave me this book.  It was a major shift for me to learn that I had become a negative thinker in many ways and that the habit was taking a toll on my overall well-being. Easy reading, very inspiring.